Friday, August 20, 2010

A little tip...

I am sure that I am not showing you anything new here, but just in case there is that one person reading this post  who has just awakened from a 5 year coma, here goes.

I have a console which I purchased years ago, and definitely  a "what was I thinking" period in my design style!  Lord, I hope I am done with those times [highly doubtful].  So anyway, my point is, yes I could have painted it, but it was just too "leggy" for the look  I wanted to accomplish now.
With that in mind, here is an inexpensive alternative.
Yep...here is the before.  I know it would look good painted and maybe someday, when I change the decor in my LR [for the gazillionth time] I might do it!
Here is the cover I made.  It is actually out of a linen burlap, which was about 15.00@yd.  Now the thing is,  cording would not have looked good on this [my opinion], so I did this....

I think it gives it a more casual look and you don't have to worry about the cording fitting perfectly.  Here is another view
Of course I change it up quite often.  Here is a picture with a piece of french linen over it.
And, if you noticed the pillows in the before picture, I change those  quite often also :)
I can never make up my freaking mind!  I never realized what a "wishy washy" [real technical word] person I was until I went into the design arena.

Here is a picture of what we did for a client with the same problem
  Putting a piece of antiqued mirror on top of it and adding the buttons.
And here is one I found in my files.  I apologize, but I am not sure where I grabbed this, so I don't know the source.
 I do love the trim element in this picture.

AND....remember the shutters I bought at Scott's last weekend??????  Well here is a picture of them in my house.  I can not decide where to put them [are you surprised with that statement????]  So they are resting here on either side of the opening into the den.
As you can see in the next picture I have these transoms, and I would love to take them out and put the shutters in their place.  BUT....then I am committed to this color......waaayyyyy to scary for me!
Would you do that??????  Opinions?
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10 comments:

Gloria Fox said...

I would do it...you could always put the old doors back up if you get tired of it. Love those shutters!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I say go for it. I LOVE the color, it really adds a pop to the space. Your home is absolutely gorgeous!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Do it!! I LOVE the color and whenever the mood strikes you, you could always put the transoms back!

Love the slip covered console and the linen burlap! Love that!

Lou Cinda :)

suzy said...

Are you referring to the side lights flanking the door? Are they the same size?
Don't let Erin @ House of Turquoise know you might tire of the color!

Mimi said...

I'm simply blown away, as usual. And, yes, I'm the girl in the 5 year coma- thanks!

Milk and Honey Home said...

Those shutters are wonderful...and I love what you did with the fabric. I have seen it done, but I still can't sew. I love the gallery above it, too! Happy Weekend, Julie

Autum said...

Go for it. You won't be installing them in cement or anything. You could take them down and repaint, but for now they look awesome. Speaking of awesome, you've got some mean sewing skills!

simpledaisy said...

I more than love the color of those shutters! I wouldn't change them one bit....you'll find the perfect spot for them just as they are:)

Struggler said...

Love your table solution, and I'm impressed at the fit you achieved with the cover.
I love the shutters too, but I actually agree that their color would then drive everything else. You wouldn't consider giving them a distressed coat of a more neutral paint color, would you? Might be best of both worlds...

Little Lovables said...

what a great idea!

those shutters are so pretty. maybe you can do a neat little headboard out of them.

I've seen people hang them from the ceiling as well and use it as a pot rack, but maybe they are a little too big for that.